info courtesy of the Chateau St. Jean web page
In 1920, "The Chateau" was built as a summer home for Ernest and Maude Goff, and their children.
The family, originally from Saginaw, Michigan, made its fortune in iron mines there, and in lumber in the Pacific Northwest. The 250 acres of land now Chateau St. Jean vineyards were initially planted with white grapes. Prohibition curtailed grape growing, however, and the family opted to grow prunes and walnuts instead. A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all your senses. You can begin by exploring our magnificent gardens that will make any visitor feel transported and awaken your sense of smell. As you wind your way through the gardens your path will lead you to our Visitors Center. Once inside, your taste buds will delight in the wine country treasures from superb Sonoma County wines and gifts in the Retail Room to delicious gourmet foods at the Charcuterie. Across the courtyard, sits the Chateau that houses our Vineyard Room for those who would like to sample reserve wines.